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Recent text message re shielding sent in error to people with HIV

Tuesday 7 April 2020

We are aware that many people with HIV have today received a text advising them to "shield." We are looking into why this has happened but there remains no evidence that people with well controlled HIV need to shield, and we recommend continuing to follow the advice given in the joint statement from BHIVA and THT of 25 March: British HIV Association (BHIVA) and Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) statement on COVID-19 and advice for the extremely vulnerable
People with a CD4 count less than 50 or recent opportunistic illness are advised to shield.

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